This article started with an observation from scripture that the title
describes, but I'll throw in a couple of other observations while we're on the
Observation 1: Atheists know who the
True God is
Though atheists deny God exists, they
quite clearly know who he is, and that he exists. How do I know that?
Well first scripture tells us that God has made his existence plain to
all (Rom 1.19), so atheists deny him only by denying what's obvious.
Jehovah's Witnesses have been characterized as, and called "apostles of
denial" by former Watch Tower member
professor Edmund C Gruss because of all the Christian doctrines they
deny, but in comparison to atheists, the Witnesses are amateur deniers
of the truth.
But aside from scripture, consider: do
you ever see atheists mocking other gods, like the Hindu gods -
Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) or Shiva (the destroyer)?
How about the god of Islam, Allah? (They may be too cowardly to mock
that one, such mocking may motivate a jihad practicing Muslim to show up
at their door and demonstrate how the Muslims treat blasphemers.
Charlie Hebdo attack?) How about the god of Nanak, founder of the
Sikh religion. He called his god the True Name.
Or what about Ahura Mazda, the god of the Iranian religion of
Zoroastrianism? Is it because there are
none of those adherents of any of those religions here in the U.S. that
they don't mock them as well? Unlikely since there are many followers of
Islam, Hindusim and Sikhism here in the U.S. (Though Zoroastrianism is
one of the oldest religions its priests tend to stay in the land of
their origin - formerly known as Persia, known today as Iran, so it may
take some searching to find adherents in the U.S.)
The answer is as obvious as the God
they mock. Atheists don't bother mocking that which doesn't exist. The
non-existent is no threat to them. But what they can't stand is the
truth of the God they know exists. That's why they can't cease speaking
against him and blaspheming him with their mocking. How do I know their
attacks are focused on the true God? Consider this
meme which the troll likes to send to Christians. If you look at his
profile as of this writing, you'll see the troll takes pride in
annoying Christians with his blasphemy until they finally block him.
Note the ministries he's harassed: all Christian ministries. I see no
indications from his twitter feed or profile that he delights in
attacking other religions as he does in attacking the one true religion:
Christianity. The troll only appears concerned with blaspheming the true
God and true religion. The troll knows God exists, but doesn't want to
be accountable to him. So like many other atheists, he pretends he
doesn't exist. Foolish.
Observation 2: Atheists are in Denial of their Destiny
This point was impressed upon me as I
read through gospel accounts of how demons react to Jesus. They seem to
have a common reaction: they're scared beyond death that Jesus has come
to cast them into the abyss. Why are they afraid of that? Because they
know that God has decreed that such will be their final end - and there
is no escaping it. (Matthew 25.41; Rev 10.10) The only question is, when
it will happen? So when Jesus appears before them, they're afraid Jesus
has come to do what God has said he would do - cast them all into the
lake of fire. Here's the account in Luke (Luke 8.27-31), though you'll
find the same reaction in Mark 5.7 and Luke 4.33-34.
When Jesus stepped ashore, he was
met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man
had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at
the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the
Most High God? I beg you,
don't torture me!"
29 For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man.
Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and
foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been
driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied,
because many demons had gone into him.
31 And they begged him
repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
So the demons know they're going into
the abyss. And they know they can't stop it. Their only concern is that
Jesus will send them there immediately. Apparently they don't know when
the appointed time is. Or they do know, and once again they are
blaspheming God, accusing him of going against His word by sending them
before the appointed time. Either way my point is the same. The demons
know they're going to spend an eternity in torture in the lake of fire.
There is no hope of redemption for them.
And there's the sad part for atheists.
While they walk this earth, they have a chance to stop their
blasphemies, stop their mocking, ask for forgiveness and turn to Jesus
and let him take the penalty they (and we all) so richly deserve - and
thus avoid the end demons will suffer. But they refuse to do that. So
tragic. And a clear demonstration that their denial of the truth is
deeper than the denial demons - deeper than the angels who rebelled
against God, but who now know - and accept - the truth and reality of
their destiny. They will spend eternity in the lake of fire. (Matt
25.41) Demons know that. Atheists are in denial of that.
Demons - former angels - never had the blessed opportunity of
redemption. When they rebelled, God cast them down - out of heaven (Rev
12.9), and decreed since they had rejected his goodness, they would
spend an eternity without him and his goodness. No more pleasurable
things for them. Peace and enjoying pleasurable things are among the
good things of God. "For every good and perfect gift is from God."
(James 1.17) But since they chose evil, they would spend an eternity
without those good things; and knowing they made the choice of evil. The
flames of the lake of fire will be their eternal reminder. So will it be
for all who make the same choice of rejecting God and thereby choosing
Observation 3: An Eternity in the Lake
of Fire is a just punishment for those who rebel against God and reject
One of the objections that atheists
offer is how can God give people an eternal punishment, for temporal (by
which they mean finite) sins they have committed? First, they fail to
recognize the greatness and the magnitude of the person they have sinned
against. Sins ultimately are not merely against your fellow human.
Ultimately they are against the eternal God as David, the king against
whom all kings of Israel and Judah are measured. David noted:
Against you, you only, have I
sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved
right when you speak and justified when you judge.
David here is speaking about his
dealings with Bathsheba - committing adultery with her, and then
killing her husband to hide it. (2 Sam 11.1 - 12.13) Yet he does not
speak about the sin against her or her husband; he speaks about the sin
against God. Because ultimately, all sin is against the Holy One of
Israel who is eternal. Which brings us to the next point.
Perhaps more importantly, the penalty
of eternal separation is just because of this: such who reject God never
stop sinning and blaspheming. This is made clear in the book of
The book of Revelation speaks of the
judgments of God to come. As the end approaches they come in three
sets of seven judgments depicted by seals, trumpets and bowls.
By the sixth seal, it is clear all
mankind recognizes the judgments are from God because the people of that
They called to the mountains and
the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on
the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
(Rev 6:16 )
But even after that recognition, the
rebellious refuse to turn from their sins. Scripture records they refuse
to repent of their evil. This happens during the Trumpet judgments which
comes after the Seal judgments. So by this time they all know who the
judgments are from:
The rest of mankind that were not
killed by these plagues
still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not
stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and
wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
The people in those end-of-days
judgments know who they're from, just as atheists today know that God
So why are they punished for an eternity? Because they are sinning
throughout eternity since they refuse to repent.
Atheists should take to heart that God
has given them a the chance to be saved - something he never afforded
the angels who sinned. That's why the psalmist can say:
"what is man that you are mindful
of him, the son of man that you care for him?"
Atheist, have you considered that even
in your rebellion and rejection, God loves you and has given you a
chance he never gave to angels? That he loves humans so much that he has
placed all the sons (and daughters) of men over the angels? (1 Cor 6.3,
Rom 8.17) I make to you the same appeal that God made through the
Rid yourselves of all the offenses
you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will
you die, O house of Israel?
If you're wondering how to get a new
heart and spirit, read John 3.1-21. It speaks of the new birth, and with
the new birth, you're given a new heart and spirit. If that's too much
for you, here's the short-cut: As Mark put it:
"The time has come," he said. "The
kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
The good news is that your sins can be
forgiven by turning from your rejection of God, believing in Jesus, and
begin a life of turning from the sins you formerly held dear. This is
the only way to avoid the otherwise certain destiny that the demons
fear. Will you repent, or remain in denial?
Duane Caldwell | September 20, 2022
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